January 8, 2013
Daily Cleaning Tasks – Tuesday is Dusting Day
Rule #1 for me with dusting is to only keep out things that we love and need.
If it just collects dust, it’s not worth moving every week to dust under. Especially with little kids, I have a minimal amount of “stuff” on display just so I don’t have to worry about anything happening to it. Having uncluttered surfaces makes dusting so much easier. And dusting weekly makes it simple to dust the next week.
My favorite dusting products? Grab your microfiber!
My preference for dusting are microfiber cloths and a dusting mitt. I also use a large extendable reach duster for cobwebs and hard to reach ceilings and corners. This can be an expensive tool, but if you have lots of tall ceilings it’s worth it. I also use a natural beeswax polish to polish and condition some furniture as needed. I work from top-down and quickly go through the house dusting all the hard surfaces, staircase and railings, tvs and furniture. For the weekly dusting, I move quickly and do what I can in 15 minutes. If I have extra time (beyond that 15 minutes), I’ll do a deep clean dusting or fit in rotating cleaning tasks like dusting light fixtures or ceiling fans.
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Monday – Bathrooms
Tuesday – Dusting
Wednesday – Vacuum
Thursday – Wash Floors
Friday – Catch-All Day
Saturday – Sheets + Towels
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I totally agree with you on having minimal amounts of display items. I hate having to move items to clean and if I don’t, I think about how underneath the item is not clean then I must clean it.
Ellen D. Stone Says
I just started receiving your daily emails, and I wanted to let you know how much I love them already! Simple, to the point, and a valuable tool in my ADHD life.
Thank you for giving me hope for a cleaner, organized, less chaotic house and life.
Becky - Clean Mama Says
Thanks Ellen! You can totally do it!
Dusting is done! Thanks for the motivation 🙂
WEEKLY dusting, One more thing to be grateful for, when I was living in the mid-East daily dusting was necessity if you wanted your family to be at all healthful.
Can I just say THANK YOU! I just started following your site and it is great! I work full-time and have two active children (14 & 11). I usually try to cram everything in on Saturday and am exhausted when it’s done. And most of the time I don’t do something because I’m tired and don’t want to mess with it. I’ve also been encouraging the kids to follow this plan, so they don’t have to clean a whole lot at one time. Baby steps….
I followed what you said yesterday and spent about 15 minutes dusting my house. It seems so simple – just doing a little bit everyday is a great way to go. Then I don’t have to spend my entire Saturday cleaning. Thank you so much for all your great ideas!
Peg T Says
Hey there! im new to your site. Thanks for sharing your cleaning routine and printables. For dusting, do you simply wipe the cloth along the surfaces or do you use a dusting spray? I noted the polish for conditioning but do you use any other cleaning product used? Also, I can’t find an article explaining how you keep track of the deep cleaning additional tasks you rotate. Do you have a system for those such as getting to the light fixtures and ceiling fans? Thank you!!!
Peg T Says
I was on the mobile version of the site and couldn’t see those other cleaning products but now I see them! Still curious about those deep cleaning tasks though 🙂
Becky SaysPost author
I rotate cleaning tasks quarterly – I have cleaning kits in my shop that detail it out a little more too 🙂